Dundaga Castle, Dundaga

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Dundaga Castle is a medieval castle in Dundaga, Latvia, in the Dundaga municipality. Latvia considers Dundaga Castle to be a monument of archaeological and of architectural importance.
The Archbishopric of Riga gained control over the lands of Dundaga in 1237. Dundaga Castle was constructed next to a Curonian settlement (Dundagas Kalnadarzs hillfort). The exact time of construction is not known, though it is first mentioned in written sources in 1318. It is assumed that the castle was constructed in the late 13th century, and several times captured by Livonian Order.
In 1434 the castle was sold to the Bishopric of Courland, and sold again in 1559 - to the King of Denmark who in turn granted it to his brother Magnus, Duke of Holstein - future Curonian Bishop.
In the middle of the 17th century it was transformed from a medieval fortress to a representative residence of a country nobleman by Anna Sybil (born Osten-Sacken). The third floor was added in 1785. The family of Osten-Sacken were owners of the castle up to 1920.
Dundaga Castle suffered heavily in a fire in 1872 and its historical interiors were destroyed. It burned again in 1905, and was renovated beginning in 1909 after the design of H. Pfeiffer. As a result, the castle was modernised and transformed.
Since 1926 the castle has been used as a public building - as a local municipal administration, school, and cultural institution.
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  • The castle currently is under renovation, however you can visit it. If you want to go inside, you need to do this together with a guide. Inside has some historic rooms (white hall, big hall) and also....  more »
  • This medieval castle has a big park and it has some intricate details on the exterior, which we liked quite lot. On the downside you cannot explore interior very much as it is used as a hostel and a....  more »
  • Located in a beautiful park territory, with an amazing view to a storytelling sight. Kind personnel, neatly renovated rooms and exact amount of softness in the beds. Very best experience of being in this area.
  • Great apartments all around! The tour also includes a visit to the museum.

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